Opinion

In Wallingford, Vision and Memory, Luck and Loss

The “Visions of Wallingford” project poses a question: “How does a neighborhood learn?” It’s one that strikes me as both fascinating and important.  It’s important because...

Breaking Down the New Seattle City Council Map Proposal

Magnolia is getting split in two in the first official proposal (interactive map here) from the redistricting commission deciding the borders for Seattle's seven...
South Bellevue station

How to Rescue South Bellevue Station from Suburban Asphyxiation

From a transit-oriented development perspective, in the nearly $3.7 billion East Link light rail extension, the most shameful station area, by far, is around...

Talton’s Westlake Starbucks Nostalgia is Misplaced, Take it from a Barista

Recently The Seattle Times published a eulogy for the shuttered Starbucks at Westlake Park by columnist Jon Talton. In the piece, Talton explains how...
A construction crane over a building under construction with another building under construction across the street and workers standing between them.

A Housing Advocate’s Guide to Commenting on Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan Update

The Urbanist has reported on the rezoning concepts unveiled for Seattle's 2024 Major Comprehensive Plan Update, which will guide growth in the city for...

Swim Classes Save Lives, But It’s Hard to Snag a Spot in Seattle

Last summer I signed my daughter up for a 15 minute private swim lesson at Little Fish Swim School. After a 45 minute bike...

No Sign of Republican Wave, Washingtonians Turn to Democrats for Housing Fixes

Washington State Democrats enjoy a resounding 20-point edge in a generic state legislature ballot, according to a recent Crosscut/Elway poll. Neither President Joe Biden...
Bellevue square parking

Bellevue’s Parking Obsession is Climate Arson

During my research and writing of the Downtown Bellevue development articles, I actively estimated the amount of parking spaces that Bellevue had recently added...